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SENATE COMPANION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR SIDE-BY-SIDES
Back in February we asked you to encourage your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 999. Your efforts have paid off in the House as we are now closing in on 50 Co-Sponsors! Now we are asking you to do the same for a sister bill that has been introduced in the Senate. "This is part of our ongoing efforts to postpone the Consumer Product Safety Commission's mandatory product standards on Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles that could make them unsafe in our riding environment," stated ASA Executive Director Nicole Nicholas Gilles. "This bill will require leading experts in the field to weigh in on this important issue."
Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have introduced bipartisan companion legislation to H.R. 999 that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study about the appropriateness of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) moving forward with its mandatory product standards for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV's or side-by-sides). Specifically, this study would determine the technical validity of CPSC's proposed lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements; the number of ROV rollovers that would be prevented if the rule were adopted; whether there is a technical basis for the proposal to provide information on a vehicle's rollover resistance on a progressive scale; and the effects on the utility of ROVs used by the U.S. military if the rule were adopted.
Please send an email urging your Senators to co-sponsor this common-sense legislation which will simply ensure that there is an adequate study of the impacts of CPSC's proposed rule before it's too late!
We are once again partnering with our friends at ARRA (Americans for Responsible Recreational Access) who makes it easy for you to contact your elected officials. Your action today can help get the ball rolling in the Senate!
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